Will $150 Million To Reprise 007 sway Daniel Craig to return to James Bond? Flip and get the tea on the flip…
As it stands to reason Sony wants to keep Craig in Bond’s tux just a little bit longer, and they are willing to up the ante to keep him.
Originally the studio offered Craig a $100 million to return to the franchise, but Craig himself isn’t so keen; just prior to the release of Spectre, Craig went on record saying he’d rather slash his wrists than play the Secret Agent again.
Let’s NOT forget that Craig was injured on Spectre, so we understand why he is NOT so enthused to come back to the gruelling set of James Bond 25. This is an Anniversary year for the Bond franchise, so we know it will be bigger better and more wilder than ever.
With that in mind, the rumor-mill has churned out a multitude of names as potential Bond successors, including the ever-popular choice of Idris Elba, even though the actor insists he’s too old for the part. CelebNMovies247.com was on board for Elba, but we see two better actors that fit the Bond franchise. Our picks ar Tom Hiddleston and Jason Statham. Statham is sexy, can do action superbly and is a box office draw. He fits the Bond description and would bring a grittier edge to Bond, since Sony likes the rawness of Craig.
Tom Hiddleston is more like the Roger Moore 007, and when looking back on the franchise with Moore in the lead, we felt the movies were a bit more corny. Sean Connery had edge. Timothy Dalton was OK, but fans hated him. Pierce Brosnan was like Moore with edge, his films were ok, but the movies did fair. Plus it was more about the movie than the star, Brosnan was NOT a strong enough lead. David Niven, Barry Nelson and Daniel Craig all played Bond in Casino Royal, but Craigs was the standout be far. The studio has been looking for that right fit for years.
Connery was exampilatory, but Craig has far exceeded all expectations. Daniel Craig is Bond. He is romantic, stern, and gritty. He is what the franchise NEEDS, but now that the studio has gone up on their offer. Will Craig say yes?
It’s rumored by Radar that the studio has offered the actor a massive $150 million to reprise his role for two more 007 adventures.
It’s important to stress that the rumor is just that: a rumor. However, it would make sense that Sony would try and keep Craig onboard, since it’s said that the studio wants to make two Bond movies “virtually back-to-back,” and they want to start soon. If another actor were to be brought in, that could stall proceedings while contracts were negotiated, and so on; though that’s not also to say that Craig won’t also drive some hard negotiations of his own behind the scenes. According to Radar’s source, Craig has “played a genius hand,” by stating that he didn’t wish to return:
“Everyone knows how much executives adore him, and the idea of losing him at such a crucial time in the franchise isn’t an option as far as all the studio honchos are concerned.”
Though Craig did state his intentions, he also added that he reserved the right to change his mind.
Maybe Daniel Craig NEEDS more incentive. Maybe Sony should offer Craig a Keanu Reeves Matrix style deal. Keanu had a sweet back end deal on The Matrix and all of the franchises. His first movie made him $35 million and the second two way over $99 million. Today Reeves is worth $350 million thanks to The Matrix franchise. Daniel Craig should be offered $150 million plus back end money on all digital downloads, DVD/Blu-Ray sales, VOD and merch on the next two movies and any of the films he has portrayed Bond. He is well worth the money and if Sony wants him to stay and do the exhausting and dangerous stunts they need to sweeten the deal for him. We think he will say yes to that, don’t you?
James Bond 25 currently has neither an official title nor release date.